Fisheries Research Technician

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University provides comprehensive research, education, and outreach programs related to conservation biology and the management of fish and wildlife resources. Our goal is to provide people with the knowledge needed to make wise decisions on issues of conservation, sustainable use, and ecosystem restoration. We accomplish this through a combination of undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly research, extension education, and public outreach.

Job Summary:

Successful applicants will conduct surveys for adult Chinook mortalities in the upper Willamette River Valley.

Tasks include: hiking long distances through rugged terrain, wading in flowing water over slippery surfaces, locating dead or severely compromised Chinook Salmon, conducting field necropsies, preserving tissue samples, collecting and processing of water samples for eDNA, collecting habitat and water quality data, data entry, the operation of vehicles, and kayaking.

Additional duties may also include: assisting cooperating agencies with adult Chinook salmon trapping, processing, and outplanting activities. The position will start approximately 30 April 2020 and continue to approximately 1 October 2020.

Principal duty station will be located at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Oregon State University, Corvallis with daily travel to survey sites. Successful candidates also may be required to travel and stay overnight to accomplish project objectives.


The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have or be in pursuit of a B.S. in fisheries, aquatic ecology, biology, zoology or closely related field. Applicants must be able to work in remote areas for extended periods with limited cell phone access; in excellent physical health and be able to work under challenging conditions, work well in a team environment; and be in possession a valid driver’s license. Familiarity with fish physiology, sampling/data recording techniques.

More information


Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University


Corvallis, OR


$17 – $20 hour, DOE

Date Posted

January 23, 2020

Job Type

Part Time